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Poster: Popcorn-000 Date: Oct 15, 2013 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

Hey all. Long time, first time, etc. I feel like a lot of y'all are old friends, whether you know it or not. It feels weird to finally be diving in.

So... I have a who's-doing-what question about the vocals on He's Gone. A lot of time, there's this extended vocal vamping at the end (http://archive.org/details/gd1973-06-22.sbd.miller.88526.sbeok.flac16, for example). Someone's singing a baritone/bass part that I've never heard anywhere else. Do anyone know who's singing bass? Is it someone from the crew? Thanks.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 16, 2013 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

03-31-1973 is the best example of the barbershop Lesh singing coda, a truly classic version of He's Gone and check out the whole jam

http://archive.org/details/gd1973-03-31.sbd.bertha-ashley.31604.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: BVD Date: Oct 15, 2013 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

It's Phil Lesh.

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Poster: Popcorn-000 Date: Oct 15, 2013 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

Really? He's a much stronger singer down in what I assume is his natural register, then. Are there other examples?

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Oct 16, 2013 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

Not quite as melodious but Phil also adds the deep parts in Caution. This is a good example:

http://archive.org/details/gd1968-10-20.sbd.miller.9071.shnf

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Poster: craven714 Date: Oct 16, 2013 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

good example yes. Didn't Phil usually handle all the highest register back in those days though Mr. Wound?

All graceful instruments...

WE WANT PHIL

This post was modified by craven714 on 2013-10-16 20:25:33

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Oct 16, 2013 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

For sure. He definitely had a pretty impressive range back then if not exactly a classically great voice. I always thought he did a really great job singing the high harmony on Looks Like Rain as well.
My go to is usually the pedal steel version from Dick's Picks 30 but this is a nice archive accessible version:

http://archive.org/details/gd1972-03-21.sbd.miller.92395.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Pat Buzby Date: Oct 16, 2013 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: He's Gone bass/baritone vocals

In the later days some versions of "Built To Last" had the unusual combo of Jerry (lead) and Phil (low harmony) on vocals.

10-9-89
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl74kE2VUgU